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Monday, 29 September 2014

Designer Inspo .... Natalie May

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a page I created with the September Main kit!  Have you seen how amazing this kit is? 

First of all lets go thru whats in it ....

Papers 12"x12" - The Cake Mix ..... ALL OF THESE PAPERS ARE FREAKING AWESOME
  • Studio Calico 'Brighton Pier'; Up & Away ....
  • Studio Calico 'Brighton Pier'; Wonder Wheel
  • Studio Calico 'Brighton Pier'; Sparks & Fire
  • Crate Paper ' Notes & Things'; Inbox
  • My Mind's Eye 'Jubilee'; Tangerine 'Awesome' Arrow  -- THIS ONE IS PROBABLY MY FAVE
  • Studio Calico 'Brighton Pier' Transparency' -- BUT THIS KINDA ROCKS TOO
  • Plain Vellum
  • 1 x White Cardstock
  • 1 x Black Cardstock
Embellishments - The Filling
  • American Crafts Thickers 'Kraft - Index'  -- PERFECTLY MATCHED FOR THE PAPERS
  • American Crafts 'Shimelle' Cork Stickers
  • Studio Calico 'South of the Market'; Blue Alpha Stickers -- GORGEOUS
  • Studio Calico 'Brighton Pier' Mini Word Stickers
Other - The Icing
  • Selection of Teresa Collins sequins; gold & white flowers
  • 1 x cloud washi roll. --- SO CUTE
  • 1 x length of yellow twine
  • 1 x DIY shop burlap bow
  • 1 x 'paper horoscope' notepad 
The Cherry on top
  • Packet of 3 'Cherry Flair' handmade by 'A Piece of Cake Designs' and exclusive to this kit. LOVE

 So .... here is the page I created...

I started with a light splash of watercolour paint and stamping on the white cardstock and then added a few strips of paper to highlight.

I love using vellum on projects .. it has a great ability to soften but still look amazing!

I cut a title using my Cameo and then added in a couple of the Studio Calico Word Stickers to finish!

So that's it from me today ... Have a great week

Natalie May

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Design Team inspiration- Ebony

Hi everyone!
I have a layout to share with you today using the latest cupcake kit!

I know I always say it but once again I love this kit and I always like to think outside the box a little bit to showcase it's versatility!!

This layout is of my boy, a photo I have scrapped a few times before but I love it!!

I have used the chalkboard paint with a spatula on some white cardstock and then used the white Sharpie over it to add some white details. 

I have cut small pieces of the various papers into squares and scattered them over the centre of my layout. They were just small pops of colour. To match these colours I used some mists from my stash to draw circles around my photo to add more pops of colour!

I have added in some stamping and used the black and white washi tape with my sewing as a feature on my background also.
The title is around my photo "Today be the best version of yourself", and I used the alphas in the kit with the white sharpie pen to highlight.

I have to admit I added the text paper to the top and bottom of my layout to hide a spilt blob of purple mist!! See , it's not the mistakes you makes it's how you cover them up!! LOL!
Have fun with your kit! 
Eb xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Best day ever!!

Hi everyone! 
Once again i am using the August cupcake kit.

While I was playing with the papers in the kit I came up with , unintentionally, a christmassy 
combo of colours! So I thought why not show how versatile these kits are and show you a christmas themed layout!?
So here you have it....

My children for the first time ever, adopted an Elf on the shelf!
It was so adorable!!! 
But I was yet to scrap any of the photos! 
This kit allowed me to scrap this precious moment. The last day before our elf "Tinsel" as we named her , was to head back to the North pole til next Christmas. This meant the children who had been unable to touch her til now as the fear her magic would disappear, were able to give her a cuddle goodbye! So it was a sad day but also the best day at the same time!

I loved the mixed bag of embellishments by MME and this title was perfect!!

I have used a mix of papers that contained reds, green and even some yellow.
I used my sewing machine and some masks to create an interesting background on masking tape.
My background paper is by 7 Dots studio.

Now I have to add I have used a special veneer that was released last year!
It was a special Elf on the shelf set and I had been holding onto it do these kind of layouts!

Thanks for stopping by, Eb xx

Monday, 22 September 2014

Designer Inspiration - Lisa Pate. Girly Grunge

Hello Everyone!!!

I'm back to share another project I put together with the August Main Kit.   The kit was full of super pretty colours and embellishments... BUT my 14 year old has morphed from the girliest little girl ... into a music loving, black wearing, combat boot lover kind of teen.  Which I LOVE. 

But the colours in the kit needed a little grunging up to suit her.

So I set to work.

Here is a few ideas on how to turn pretty papers into grungy goodness.

  • Gesso.  I slathered it on my base cardstock as well as liberally brushed it over my papers after attaching them to my papers.  It's patchy, and lumpy and bumpy.  Perfect.
  • Staples.  They are awesome to attach anything quickly, but they add a little more metal to a pretty page.
  • Crumple, fold, tear.  Crumpling, folding, and tearing all add more texture.
  • Splatter and spray.  You all have sprays or water colours to splash and spray around,  I used them both on my base cardstock and over the whole layout.
  • Scribble it. Grab a pen or pencil and scribble.  A border, a design element (circles were used on my layout) or your journalling.
  • Scratch it up.  Those gold alphas were just a little too shiny.  So I took my scissors to them and gave them a scratching up.
 Here is my layout, and lots of other images to show you how it came together.

Thanks for stopping by everyone.  I hope it inspires to you take papers and kits and make them suit your theme or personality.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Designer Inspo ... Natalie May

 Happy Sunday peeps!

So I have created another page using the August Cupcake Kit!

Gee I have got a lot of totally different pages out of this kit!

So with this page I wanted to use the MME Die Cuts as the main embellishments!

Added a little Lindys Stamp Gang Mist using the water brush technique I used here.
And I'm done!

I love this page .. a new fave for me!

Have a great day

Friday, 19 September 2014

Designer Inspiration - Gina Rodgers - A River Somewhere..

I'm really drawn to the pastels in this main kit and have created another page using these shades along with some gold and cream.. I've started with a soft pink watercolour background using watered down mist and some splatters of grey mist for contrast..

once again the die-cuts in this kit make layering easy, and I just LOVE the washi too which adds a subtle touch of colour without dominating the page..

I've included a small paper doily from my stash and some messy thread behind the flair, resin stars and sequins..

happy Friday all!
Gina x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Best fun with best friends....

 Hi again everyone!
I have a fun layout to share with you today and it features a fellow designer Nat!
We earlier this year along with Raquel and some other awesomely talented friends rented a holiday unit in Mount Gambier SA. SO much fun and these were just some crazy selfies on my phone! I have used the contents from the August cupcake kit which is now sold out.

Once again the masks were the main feature of my layout! I have used the scalloped edges with some texture paste to create some interest on my background cardstock.
I have also then used the ampersand mask with my black pen as a feature on my layout.

I have also used many of the patterned papers as strips and circles on this layout along with the stickers , alphas and sequins.

I have cut the title from one of the papers  too!!! 

I hope you are enjoying your kit!! til next time, Eb xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Designer Inspiration - Lisa Pate. Pretties

My kit is SOOOO full of pretty little bits.  I'm onto my third project using the August Kit and they are still covering my desk.

I started just looking at each individual embellishment and laying them on my cardstock, and I just loved the simplicity.  I quickly grabbed a photobooth picture I have had displayed on my bedside table for a year and added it into the layout. 

So much fun trying on styles that I wouldn't usually do.

oh and I STILL have a huge pile of product to play with.  It's the kit that just keeps on and on.


Monday, 15 September 2014

September Sale, Sneaks and Design Team Call

In APOCD news, the sale has been announced for this Thursday night. Subscriber invoices are being sent out today so watch your inboxes.

And some sneaks:

Only one day left to apply for the Design Team Call at APOCD too! Check out the tab at the top of this page for the details.

Raquel xx
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